High school’s silver service

Todmorden High School has become the first secondary school in Calderdale to receive the Food for Life Partnership Silver Mark.

The school has been working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform its food culture, and that of the local community, by reconnecting students with climate-friendly and healthy food.

It has established a wide variety of food-based school and community activities such as students assisting with farming tasks at Staups Lea Farm, offering courses including the BTEC extended certificate in agriculture and hosting a visit from the Food Bus.

The school is now working towards the Gold Mark, the top award that recognises schools which use practical learning experiences to help pupils follow the journey from field to plate.

Headteacher Helen Plaice said: “We have worked hard as a school, and with the local community over the last few years, to ensure as many people as possible understand the importance of healthy food.

“With the support of the Food for Life Partnership, we are seeing increasing numbers of students working on food-related projects right across the age range and the curriculum.

“As a Flagship School we are working closely with our partner primary schools and enjoy the enthusiasm and ideas that their students and staff bring to the project.

“Our community links are becoming stronger and stronger and our partnership with Incredible Edible Todmorden will help us to work quickly towards success at the Gold Mark.

“I don’t think it is any coincidence that student attainment and achievement here has increased significantly since we started to work with the Food for Life Partnership.”

Catering manager Tony Mulgrew said: “From a catering point of view, we are excited to receive the Silver Mark. It shows that working with local farms and local farmers can be achieved within schools.

“It would be a privilege to achieve the Gold Mark, working so closely with our local farms knowing that that type of quality is coming into schools and our students are being educated about where food comes from.”

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